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Up close and personal

Vaughan recital series brings audiences and performers together

Tucked away in the Music Department, behind practice and ensemble rooms in the basement of the Hopkins Center is Faulkner Recital Hall, the principal venue where students, faculty and world-renowned musicians perform through the Department's Vaughan Recital Series.  "The Series brings to campus a healthy mix of artists of many backgrounds, talents and intellects, most of whom would not be heard in Hanover otherwise," said Sally Pinkas, Professor of Music and Hopkins Center Pianist in Residence.

Henry Danaher '08
Henry Danaher '08 practices in Faulkner Recital Hall, the intimate performance space that hosts the Vaughan Recital Series. (photo by Sarah Benelli)

With performances that provide an intimate opportunity for music appreciation, for both the serious music devotée and the curious observer, the experience tends to dissolve the barriers between performers and audiences. "We recently had a piano recital by Anne Koscielny, a remarkable musician," said Pinkas. "The opportunity to listen to her in the intimate setting of Faulkner was a tremendous gift. We were able to watch her face and hands at close range. She also conducted a masterclass for our students. This, to me, is the true mission of an educational environment such as ours at Dartmouth."

The performances reflect a group effort from the Dartmouth Music Department and the community at large. Pinkas and her colleagues play a critical role in inviting renowned guest artists.  Events are scheduled through the Music Department staff. In the spring, the majority of the recitals feature Dartmouth seniors who are music majors, as they culminate their academic experience with a performance.

The performances, which are free and open to the community, are supported by the Alden G. Vaughan '17 Fund. After graduating from Dartmouth, Vaughan returned to Hanover in 1968 and became a significant support of the arts. Vaughan recitals are wide-ranging in scope and could be anything from a student baroque chamber ensemble to a concert of Indonesian Gamelan music. "Many of our guests are from outside the U.S.," noted Pinkas. "In recent years we've had performers from Italy, China, Bulgaria, Israel, France and Russia. It is of special interest to all of us to expose our students to as many cultural traditions as possible."

The Vaughan Recital Series is held on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Phyllis Nemhauser at 646-2520, John Walsh at 646-2620 or Amber Johnston at 646-3531.

Wed., May 4
Jenny Lin, Piano
Lin performs works by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Alexander Scriabin, and James Tenney.

Wed., May 11
Alexandre Brussilovsky, Violin and Sally Pinkas, Piano
Award-winning Russian violinist Alexandre Brussilovsky performs a program of Stravinsky, Gershwin and Vivaldi with pianist Sally Pinkas.

Sun., May 15
Patricia Carter-Zagorski, Piano
Carter-Zagorski, performing a unique program titled "A Recital to Create a Circle of Musical Communication." She will be performing pieces by Beethoven, Debussy, Schubert, Schumann, and Szymanowski.

Wed., May 18
Felicia Plunkett, Soprano
Dartmouth Senior Felicia Plunkett performs arias from Mozart's operas Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni.

Wed., May 25
Rajiv Menjoge, Tenor
Dartmouth Senior Rajiv Menjoge performs the aria "Un Momento di Contento" from Alcina by Handel and a collection of art songs by Vaughan Williams, Brahms, Bononcini and FaurŽ.

Sun., May 31
Christopher Moscato, Composer
Dartmouth Senior Christopher Moscato presents his senior thesis composition, a Turkish-Classical music fusion for orchestra. He explains how he applied Turkish music to the orchestral piece, as a guest oud player performs.

Sun., May 29
Evergreen Brass Quintet

Wed., June 1
Music 10: Oral Tradition Musicianship
Students of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Hafiz Shabazz's Oral Tradition Musicianship class perform student-arranged pieces for drums.

By INYOUNG HWANG '06

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Last Updated: 12/17/08